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Birmingham Curriculum Statement
In Birmingham community cohesion means working towards a society in which strong and positive relationships exist and continue to be developed in schools, in the workplace and in the wider community. This is achieved through shared values which would include: the valuing of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, tolerance and mutual respect of people’s backgrounds and circumstances; promoting equal opportunities and challenging discrimination, all of which is based on the Equality Act 2010 and is non-negotiable.BCC logo.jpg

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Curriculum - General
The school complies with the requirements of DFE Circular 7/90 “The Management of the School Day” which recommends a minimum of 21 hours teaching during the week for children in Key Stage One and 23.5 hours teaching time for children in Key Stage 2.
 
All policy documents are available for parents to view by arrangement through the school office.
 
  
The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum has recently been reviewed nationally.  The curriculum remains play-based, but the areas of learning have altered. This came into effect in September 2012.
 
The curriculum for our youngest children in nursery and reception class, takes into account the individual needs and stage of development of each child.  We strongly believe that children in the Foundation Stage learn best through well-planned and structured play activities.
 
We build on children’s prior experiences and extend their knowledge, skills and understanding through exciting half-termly topics that are linked to the areas of learning. Each area of the curriculum has Developmental Matters which establish expectations for most children to reach by the end of Foundation Stage. Some children will do more than is expected of them, whilst others will be still working towards them.
  
Teaching of Phonics at Stanville Primary School

Letters and Sounds image.jpgAt Stanville we are following the ‘Letter and Sounds’ guidance to plan and deliver phonics.  The guidance is split into 5 phases.  During Nursery the children will be taught Phase 1 and begin to introduced to letter sounds in Phase 2.  During Reception the children are taught Phase 3 and Phase 4, this is where the children continue to learn different letter and sound combinations including diagraphs. When the children reach Year 1 the main focus is on Phase 5 – this looks at all the alternate pronunciations and graphemes for sounds. Phase 6 is taught in Year 2.

As a school we also use Phonics Play planning and resources to support the delivery of Letters and Sounds as well as activities found on Espresso, which the school subscribes to and children can access from home.

 
What We Do - Years 1-6
The subjects taught across the school are in keeping with current national requirements and are continually updated as and when required.  They include; English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Art, Music, Design Technology, Information and Communications Technology, Physical Education and Citizenship. In addition, all schools are required to provide Religious Education and a daily act of worship. Modern Foreign Languages is also taught in Key Stage 2 in line with government legislation.


cornerstones.jpgFrom September 2012 we introduced the Cornerstones Curriculum across the school
. The Cornerstones Curriculum is designed around enquiry and child-led learning built on the criteria for an outstanding curriculum from Ofsted. It provides schools with the foundation to develop an innovative and creative curriculum with the security and knowledge that there is full coverage and progression of the National Curriculum. Based on the Four Cornerstones of Learning (Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express), the Cornerstones Curriculum is designed to complement existing practice, stand alone as a full curriculum as well as being tailored to suit the school's individual needs and strengths. For more information: http://www.cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/.
 
For further information about the curriculum coverage in each year group please click any icon below.
 
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Pupil Progress, Assessment and Reports
Assessment at Stanville is an integral part of teaching and learning. Its purpose is primarily to inform the teacher of a child’s progress so that appropriate tasks are planned for future teaching and Learning.

Individual pupil progress is monitored and tracked closely using the National Curriculum age related expectations found in the core and foundation subjects. We are committed to ensuring each child reaches their full potential. To measure this, a baseline profile is completed within the first half term of each child’s entry into the Foundation Stage, and is kept as a reference point in the child’s records as they go through the school. Formal tests take place in Year 2 and Year 6 in line with National SATs testing as well as Year 1 Phonics testing. The results of termly tests (QCA or similar) in all year groups (1-6) assist us in monitoring each child’s progress throughout the school. In Nursery and Reception assessments are continuous throughout the year.

Individual targets and results are reported to parents and discussed and agreed with children. These describe an all-round picture of the child’s development and inform parents of the next step in learning.
 
British Values
british-values.jpgAt Stanville Primary School we recognise the importance of British Values. These help to build caring, engaging and responsible citizens for the future. For further information of what this actually means at Stanville Primary School please click the icon opposite. You can also view the Citizenship overview for all classes from Year 1-6 by clicking here.

 
Unicef.jpgAt Stanville our aim is to become a Rights Respecting School. We are currently on the first part of our journey by registering for the Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK. For more information about the programme please click the Unicef icon.
 
Homework
We believe homework to be an important part of school life that fosters the partnership between home and school. It informs and involves parents with work their children are doing and they are able to reinforce new knowledge and skills. Children will be given homework relative to their age and ability. Parents are kept informed of homework topics each term through the class newsletter. Copies of these can be found on the Pupil level of the website.
 
Parents' Evenings
Parents' Evenings are held each term so that teachers can share observations, assessments and pupils’ individual targets with parents. Written reports are issued at the end of each school term.
 
If you wish to discuss your child at times other than Parents' Evenings, please telephone to make an appointment.